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  • Victory in Nagpur

    Posted on December 17, 2012 by Selby

    Victory in Nagpur

    The outcome was set up for a draw on this wicket, signalling a win for England at the conclusion of this hard fought enthralling series.

    Cricket memorabilia will be in demand from all four test matches commemorating a first England win in 28 years.

    Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell put on 208 runs on the final day both scoring centuries ensuring England's first Test series victory in India since 1985.

    England did well to come back from a 1st test, 9 wicket defeat in Ahmedabad winning the series on a wicket which did no favours for players or spectators

    This result is sure give the Australians something to think about prior to the back to back Ashes series in 2013, Australia visit India early next year and that will give some good pointers of what is to come.

    Cook, was named man of the series after scoring three hundreds and a total 562 runs in the series his top score was 190 giving him an incredible average of 80.28. Pujara scored 438 with a high of 206 only playing 7 innings opposed to Cook's 8, Pujara ended up with the higher average of 87.60.

    Panesar took 17 wickets 3 behind both Swann and Ojha however unfortunately he was only brought into play for 3 matches the 1st match may have been so different if he had been selected earlier.

    James Anderson the tourist’s thirty year old pace man was awarded man of match at Nagpur taking 4 early order wickets for 81 runs in India 1st innings, this played a key part in England’s success; it was a surprise on a wicket where the spinners were expected to excel.

    The decision review system has been focused on after Cook received two poor decisions it remains to be seen whether the India Board of Control will upgrade their policies.

    I am hoping to have some cricket collectables from each match, signed scorecards, autographs and presentations.

    Tony Selby


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  • Final Test against India at Nagpur

    Posted on December 14, 2012 by Selby

    Final test against India at Nagpur

    Good performance from Kevin Pietersen as expected yet  how encouraging to see the  21 year old Joe Root on the same score of 73 off 41 extra deliveries, his inclusion in the team was justified by his 103 partnership with Matt Prior – bodes well for the future

    Watch out for Joe Root Cricket Memorabilia


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  • Test Cricket India v England Mumbai

    Posted on November 20, 2012 by Selby

    Test Cricket India v England Mumbai
    No doubt that Alistair Cook made selection mistakes in the first test at Ahmedabab which led to a nine wicket hammering, there’s no way that left arm spinner Panesar should have been left out of the side, and he would have been ideally suited to the wicket.
     Despite Cook putting on 176 and Matt Prior 91 to keep England in the game on day 4, a draw was still out of reach, Ojha claiming both wickets. There was no help coming from the three England pace bowlers who could only muster 1/245.
    The closely following 2nd test in Mumbai on Friday will need a selection rethink if England are to level the series, the middle order batting of Jonathon Trott, Ian Bell, Kevin Peterson and Patel contributed only 68/8 scored over combined innings, which was disappointing to say the least.
    I would like to see 4 changes for Mumbai.
    Ian Bells decision to fly home solves one problem and leaves the door open for Jonny Bairstow.
    In addition I would like to see Finn, Panesar, and Ireland’s Eoin Morgan replace Broad, Bresnan, Patel and Ian Bell.
    India will get plenty of encouragement on Friday with the Mumbai Cricket Association presenting Tendulkar and Sehwag with silver salvers prior to the test, Tendulkar honoured for his 100 centuries and Sehwag for his 100th test appearance. Signed photos will make great cricket memorabilia.
    Time for England to put more reliance the spinners, hopefully, Swan, Patel, Panesar with the support of some decent England batting can turn things around in this critical test.
    Tony Selby

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  • Rare Cricket Autographs

    Posted on November 9, 2012 by Selby

     

    Collecting sports autographs is a rewarding pastime for the enthusiast or for the serious collector.

    It is notable that ideally the Autograph should be associated with the cricketer’s most memorable events, i.e.  highest test score, most wickets, best averages, landmarks,  career highs and famous matches, therefore a signed original photograph, completed scorecard, bat, dinner menu or tour itinerary are very collectable.

    Rare cricket autographs are always in demand and I devote this article to three recent purchases of mine.

    Edmund Peate ( 1885 – 1900), Yorks, Eng., Ted Peate was regarded by WG Grace as one of England’s best bowlers, he played in 9 test matches taking 31 wickets and 205 first class matches, 1017 wickets between 1879 – 1890. His test debut was England v Australia in 1881

    All items of cricket memorabilia associated with Peate are sought after by collectors however I have listed below a couple performances that I have collectables associated with.

    1883 Yorks v Surrey 8 wickets for 5 runs (signed & dated postcard)

    1882 England v Australia at the Oval 8/71 (tourist signed itinerary)

    He averaged 22.5 in test cricket, 13.4 in first class matches

    With these enviable bowling averages it is easy to understand the demand for his rare autograph

    James Lillywhite Jnr

    James Lillywhite Sussex, England (1862 -1885) a member of the cricketing/ publishing family, was an all-rounder, left arm spin bowler, low order batsman (county) and effective in the field. He captained the England team in the Test series in Australia and New Zealand during 1876/77

    Lillywhite made his first class debut for Sussex in 1862 playing for his county until 1885; in 1868 he was part of the North America touring side in 1868 led by Ned Willsher (Kent, Eng)

    Lillywhite led the first recognised Test tour in 1886/77 (his second tour of Australia),  He Captained the mainly professional England side in the 2nd test at Melbourne in April 1877 playing a combined Australian X1, England lost the match by 45 runs with Charles Bannerman (Aus) scoring the first ever test century, (165 not out in the 1st innings).

    Lillywhite made up for this setback later the same month with a 4 wicket win also played at the Melbourne ground. In the two match series he was more successful with the bat than the ball taking 8 wickets and making 16 runs.  It is interesting to note that 4 ball overs were played.

    Semi-retired during the period 1883 – 1901, he was an acknowledged cricket umpire officiating at 6 Test matches.

    James Lillywhite autographs and cricket memorabilia are always in demand.

    Dennis Compton (1918 – 1997) Middlesex, England,  a right hand batsman and slow left arm spinner he made 123 first class centuries took  621 wickets and as a fielder dismissed 416 batsmen.

    1947 Dennis Compton autographs and signed photo/postcards are popular with collectors as during the early post war years he scored 3816 first class runs at an average of 91 to include 18 memorable centuries. This was an important time in cricket following World War 11, during which most international matches were put on hold.

    Pre War cricket produced some excellent memorabilia, matches of interest include:

    1937 England v New Zealand at the Oval, his test debut

    1938 England v Australia at Nottingham

    1939 England v West Indies at Lords

    Dennis Compton played both cricket and football at international level in 1950 he was a member of the Arsenal team which won the FA cup he played in 60 matches scoring 16 goals.

    Rare cricket autographs are especially attractive when sourced from pre 1948 Ashes Test matches.

     

    Tony Selby

     

     


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  • Bill Voce Cricket Autographs

    Posted on October 24, 2012 by Selby

    Bill Voce Cricket Autographs are always in demand, however it is the series/match that the Autograph is associated with that is of interest to the collector.

    Voce is perhaps best remembered for his part in the infamous 1932/33 Bodyline series and as always cricket memorabilia from this series is top of many collectors’ wish lists.

    Of particular interest to most Bodyline series collectors are tour itineries, original real postcards, panoramic ground photographs, signed team sheets, action photographs and pictures taken of the Orient Line steam ship Orontes which took the Captain Douglas Jardine and the MCC side to Ceylon and Freemantle.

    However his best performances were in the 1936/37 Ashes series in Australia, this particular tour in conjunction with the 1932/33 Bodyline series are the most interesting from a collector’s point of view.

    The 1st test Australia v England at Brisbane on the 4/12/1936 is a good example 6/41 in the 1st innings and 4/16 in the 2nd following on at Sydney with another outstanding display which destroyed the early batting order.

    Bill Voce (1909 – 1984) hails from Kirby – in – Ashfield a market town in Nottinghamshire. He made his First Class debut for Notts against Glos in 1927. His Test debut followed in 1930 when he was selected for the West Indies tour Captained by the Hon FSG Calthorpe, where his left arm medium pace  achieved 4/79 in the 2nd Test followed by 7/70 in the second innings at Queens Park Oval Port of Spain. It is performances such as this, especially in a debut series that make any cricket collectables especially attractive.

    I currently own signed completed official scorecards from the 2nd Test and the 4th at Kingston.

    The following year 1931 Voce took 123 wickets averaging 19.7 runs per wicket which is very economical bowling in anyone’s book, the next year in the run up to the Bodyline series he achieved 136 wickets at an even better average of 16.82 he was now assured of his place with Harold Larwood on the 1932/33 Australian tour.

    The MCC were determined that England bring home the Ashes  from the winter tour of 1932-33.

    Douglas Jardine was appointed Captain; he was convinced that Larwood and Voce were key to dealing with the Australian batsmen, primarily Don Bradman. The technique they planned to use was known as leg theory, involving bowling fast rising, short pitched deliveries on or just outside the leg stump, not only intimidating the batsman but creating the chance of leg side deflections to the cordon of close in fielders behind square leg.

    The end result was a Series win for England Don Bradman who had maintained an enviable batting average during his career of 99.9 showed a series average of 56.6 which is still excellent by any standards. England regained the Ashes with a 4/1 margin nearly dividing two continents in the process. It is notable that England won the 1st test at Sydney by 10 wickets where leg theory was not deployed, whilst Gubby Allen took 8 wickets for 131 in the 3rd test also using conventional bowling.

    Voce played his last Test against Australia v England 3rd test at Melbourne in 1947 and continued playing with Notts up to 1952.

    He played in 27 Tests with a tally of 13.5 with the bat and a bowling average of (98 wks) 27.9.

    All autographs from this period are of interest specifically signed team sheets and photographs, a signed action photograph of Bill Voce and Harold Larwood would make a great item of cricket memorabilia.

    I would be interested to hear from any readers who have Bodyline Series collections.

    Tony Selby

     

     


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  • Keith Miller Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 28, 2012 by Selby

     



    The Golden Boy of Cricket – Cricket Memorabilia – Tour Brochures, Mono Photos, Real Postcards, Team Autograph Sheets, Scorecards – The best Aussie all-rounder ever.

    Keith Ross Miller (1919 – 2004) was a charismatic all round Australian Test Cricketer, an exceptional right hand batsman who would later become noted for his fast bowling talents.

    Cricket Memorabilia associated with Miller is available, although it's certainly not as prolific as that originating from other players. I personally collect Memorabilia both pre and post war and am always interested in original Keith Miller Cricket Collectables. Early events are always of interest especially his early successes in the Sheffield Shield Competition; however after a brief description of the man himself, I shall list the memorable events that I find the most appealing from a Collectors point of view.

    Keith Miller was born in Melbourne, he showed an early interest in Cricket and was selected for his school 1st eleven when he was 14, by 1936 he was playing for South Melbourne where his evident talents came to the attention of the Victoria Cricket Association, playing for the Colts in the 1936/37 season.

    Miller continued to make his mark in the Shield Competition whist performing well on the football pitch in the VFL competition playing for St Kilda. He made his First Class Cricket debut for Victoria v Tasmania in February 1938 marking the event by scoring 181 runs in the 1st innings at Melbourne Cricket Club. There is a limited amount of memorabilia commemorating this important debut event.

    In 1941 Miller joined the RAAF; he was awarded his wings in 1942. He spent most of the war in England assigned to 169 Squadron where he graduated to flying Mosquito bombers. He was awarded a number of military distinctions.

    At the end of the War in 1945 Miller took part in a number Victory tests, these matches are excellent for Cricket Memorabilia enthusiasts and I have listed below ones of particular interest:

    1945 England v Dominions at Lords (2nd innings 185 Caught Langridge bowled Wright)

    Batting on eight occasions at Lords in the 1945 season Miller scored 568 (94.68) including three 100s, all these early matches are very collectable as is his First Class debut in February 1938.

    Millers first Ashes Test was at Brisbane and I have listed below a number of good examples of Cricket Memorabilia which is associated with some events:

    1946 (Debut Ashes) Australia v England at Brisbane (1st innings 79 runs, lbw a leg break from Doug Wright, followed with a 60/7 wickets. Bradman made 187) Australia won by an innings and 332 runs.

    1946 Sheffield Shield Victoria v NSW, 1st inning run out for 153.

    1947 Australia v England at Adelaide 1st innings 141 not out,( Bradman an unlightly duck) match drawn.

    1948  MCC v Australia at Lords

    1948 England v Australia  at Headingley.

    Any of the 1948 Invincible tour - an excellent acquisition.

    1950 Sheffield Shield Victoria v Queensland both innings.

    1950 Australia v England at Sydney.

    There are many instances of collectable matches including some notable matches, England v West Indies (155) and his final Ashes tour in 1956, I would personally be interested in any Keith Miller Cricket Memorabilia.

    He played his final Test Match in 1956 against Pakistan.

    In 1956 Keith Miller became a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his services to Cricket.

    In 2005 he became a Member of the Order of Australia for services to sport.

    Listed below are statistics of his First Class Cricket Career:

    Batting and fielding averages cricinfo

    Mat

    Inns

    NO

    Runs

    HS

    Ave

    100

    50

    6s

    Ct

    St

    Tests

    55

    87

    7

    2958

    147

    36.97

    7

    13

    28

    38

    0

    First-class

    226

    326

    36

    14183

    281*

    48.90

    41

    63

    136

    0

    Bowling averages

    Mat

    Inns

    Balls

    Runs

    Wkts

    BBI

    BBM

    Ave

    Econ

    SR

    4w

    5w

    10

    Tests

    55

    95

    10461

    3906

    170

    7/60

    10/152

    22.97

    2.24

    61.5

    8

    7

    1

    First-class

    226

    28070

    11087

    497

    7/12

    22.30

    2.36

    56.4

    16

    1

     

    Good luck with your collecting.

    Let me know how you get on??

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia


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  • Ray Lindwall Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 25, 2012 by Selby

     



    The Invincibles Aussie Fast bowler who took 114 wickets in 29 Tests - Cricket Memorabilia - Official scorecards, Autograph Sheets, Photos; Tour Brochures are all in demand by Cricketana enthusiasts.

    Australian Ray Lindwall (1921 – 1996) was regarded by many as the ultimate opening pace bowler, with all the attributes required to compete at the highest level, in swingers, out swingers, subtle pace changes, searing yorkers and intimidating bouncers were all part of his arsenal. Lindwall was a fast scoring batsman in fact the complete all-rounder.

    Ray Lindwall was born in 1921 in Sydney New South Wales, he showed an early interest in Sport especially Rugby and Cricket, and encouraged by his headmaster at Marist Brothers Kogarah secondary school he soon joined the school eleven where he had many successes as a schoolboy.

    It is said that he got his initial inspiration from watching the England side playing in the 1st Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground in December 1932. England’s fast bowler Harold Larwood took 5 wickets in the 1st innings and 5 for 28 runs in the 2nd innings, however this did not stop Stan McCabe scoring 187 not out in the 1st innings. This series became known as Bodyline owing to intimidatory bowling by the Tourists.

    On leaving school he joined the St George Club competing in Sydney Grade Cricket at the Hurtsville Oval, by December 1938 he was playing in the 1st team.

    Much of Lindwall’s early success came on the Rugby pitch, in the winter of 1940 he was playing fullback in the Rugby League premiership for St George, this came to an unexpected end due to events at Pearl Harbour. Ray Lindwall enlisted in the Military serving in New Guinea until the end of WW2 in 1945.

    Following the War Lindwall did play 31 first grade Rugby League games for St George before retiring from competitive rugby at the end of the 1946 season following his teams defeat in the Grand Final against Balmain.

    Ray Lindwall Rugby Memorabilia from 1940 -46 is scarce and would be of interest to me as I have only come across few examples i.e. signed St George programme, more examples would be welcomed.

    In 1941 Lindwall made his debut in First Class Cricket at the age of 20, he was selected to play against Queensland at Brisbane, during an inauspicious 1st innings Lindwall took one catch and bowled 36/3, he batted at number 10 scoring 1 and 10 runs respectively, Bill O’Reilly a medium pace spin bowler in fact took 10 wickets in the match.

    Lindwall resumed his Cricket in 1945 when NSW played Victoria, batting at no 9 he scored 134 in 175 minutes not out while Sid Barnes opening the batting scored 154. His bowling was consistent throughout the season accordingly he was selected for the Australian tour of New Zealand making his Test debut at Wellington in March 1946. He bowled 13/1 in the 1st innings in which NZ only managed a total of 42 runs, in the 2nd innings Larwood bowled 16/1, (his batting resulted in a duck) Australia won by an innings and 103 runs. When Larwood was not taking wickets he could certainly contain the runs,

    In many cases I would attempt to restrict my collection to pre-war examples but in the case of Lindwall most of his success came after the war ended in 1945 so I have listed below specific matches that I would be personally interested in as a collector.

    When viewing Cricket Memorabilia I tend to link the Cricketer with a memorable match event or series, accordingly my list reflects this, Lindwall opening partnerships with Keith Miller are legendary they emerged as an attacking opening partnership in the 1947/48 test series against England and of course to find an event scorecard, programme, brochure, photograph signed by both players is even better!!

     

    1947 Australia v England at Melbourne 2nd innings 100 runs off 90 balls, bowled Alec Bedser, caught Cyril Washbrook.

    1947   Australia v England at Sydney 1st innings 7/63 – Hutton was injured on 122 runs Australia win by 5 wickets.

    1948 Australia v India at Adelaide 2nd innings 7/38 (1st innings Barnes 112, Bradman 201 ,Hassett 198). Australia wins by an innings and 16 runs.

    1948 England v Australia at Lords 5/70 Australia win by 409 runs.

    1948 England v Australia at the Oval 1st innings 6/20 England all out for 52 runs. Australia win by an innings and 149 runs.

    1948 Nottingham at Trent Bridge 6/14 match drawn

    Any Ray Lindwall Memorabilia associated with the 1948 and 1953 tour to England is very collectable.

    Below I have listed some Lindwall statistics which demonstrate the attributes of the great all-rounder.

     

    Full name

    Raymond Russell Lindwall

    Born

    3 October 1921
    Mascot, New South Wales, Australia

    Died

    23 June 1996 (aged 74)
    Brisbane, Australia

    Height

    1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)

    Batting style

    Right-hand batsman

    Bowling style

    Right-arm fast

    Role

    All-rounder

    International information

    National side

    Australia

    Test debut (cap 165)

    29 March 1946 v England

    Last Test

    28 January 1960 v India

    Domestic team information

    Years

    Team

    1941/42–1953/54 New South Wales
    1954/55–1959/60 Queensland

    Career statistics

    Competition

    Tests

    First-class

    Matches

    61 228

    Runs scored

    1,502 5,042

    Batting average

    21.15 21.82

    100s/50s

    2/5 5/19

    Top score

    118 134*

    Balls bowled

    13,650 42,970

    Wickets

    228 794

    Bowling average

    23.03 21.35

    5 wickets in innings

    12 34

    10 wickets in match

    2

    Best bowling

    7/38 7/20

    Catches/stumpings

    26/– 123/–

    Source: CricketArchive, 27 December 2007

     

    On his retirement from First Class Cricket in 1960 Ray was a beneficiary of the NSWCA retired player benefit plan, the same year he was given life membership of the MCC

    In 1965 he received the MBE for his services to Cricket,  he was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of fame in 1996

    Ray Lindwall has written two books “Flying Stumps” in 1954 (some signed copies are still available) and “The Challenging Tests” in 1961, I do not personally have either book in signed form and am on the lookout to find good examples.

    Good luck with your collecting.

    Let me know how you get on?

    Tony Selby
    Cricket Memorabilia


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  • Herbert Sutcliffe Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 17, 2012 by Selby

     


    Cricket Memorabilia – Sutcliffe and Hobbs Legendary Opening Batsmen – Caps, Tour Collectables Signed Autographs, Scorecards, Sepia Press Photos are sought after by fans and collectors.

    Herbert Sutcliffe (1894 – 1978) was born in North Yorkshire, a professional Cricketer he played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club and England, a right hand opening batsman his first class career began with end of WW1 and continued until the start of the second World War which interrupted International Cricket in 1939.

    At the age of 13 Sutcliffe had begun playing local League Cricket for the Pudsey Brittania Club, at 17 his talents and powerful drive had come to the attention of Yorkshire CCC, after a trial in the nets he was invited to play for the 2nd eleven, following some notable success in the Bradford league his promising start was put hold as he enlisted for Military service. Having played some Cricket during the War, it was not until 1919 that he made his First Class debut in a Yorks v Glos County Match at the Spa Gloucester, batting number 6 he was caught by Alfred Dipper (one test Eng v Aus 1921) for 11 runs.

    In 1919 Sutcliffe had a double first against Northampton in a County Championship match, when he opened the batting with Holmes, scored his maiden century in first class cricket and put on a 279 first wicket stand, his contribution was 145 runs before being caught off John Seymour by the Northants skipper Joseph Beasley. Holmes and Sutcliffe continued as the opening pair scoring five centuries each, including a 174 (c Lionel Hedges, b Tich Freeman) for Sutcliffe against Kent at Dover.

    First Class Matches played by Sutcliffe which are of particular interest to me as a collector of Cricket Memorabilia are usually ones associated with memorable events I have listed below a few that I am personally interested in:

    Early day’s pre 1919 in the Bradford League with Pudsey Britannia, Yorks.

    Northampton v Yorkshire (1st innings at Northampton) 1919.

    Kent v Yorkshire (1st innings at Crabble Athletic Ground Dover) 1919.

    Surrey v Yorkshire, 1st innings (232) at the Oval 1922.

    England v South Africa at Edgbaston 1924.

    England v Australia tour 1924/25.

    Yorkshire v Middlesex 1st innings (235) at Headingley 1925.

    The Holmes and Sutcliffe private tour of India Ceylon 1930/31.

    Essex v Yorkshire 1st inning (313) bowled by Eastman at the County ground Leyton 1932.

    Bodyline series 1932/33, 1st innings at Sydney (194) any bodyline series is very collectable.

    Plus many more First Class Matches of note.

    Sutcliffe made his Test debut in 1924 against South Africa at Edgbaston opening the innings with his nemesis Jack Hobbs, they achieved a partnership of 136 in the 1st innings and 268 in the 2nd Test at Lords.

    Cricket Memorabilia featuring both Sutcliffe and Hobbs is always sought after.

    Listed below are some statistics to demonstrate Sutcliffe’s outstanding achievements

    Statistics supplied by Cricinfo.

    Batting and fielding averages

    Mat

    Inns

    NO

    Runs

    HS

    Ave

    100

    50

    6s

    Ct

    St

    Tests

    54

    84

    9

    4555

    194

    60.73

    16

    23

    6

    23

    0

    First-class

    754

    1098

    124

    50670

    313

    52.02

    151

    230

    474

    0

    Bowling averages

    Mat

    Inns

    Balls

    Runs

    Wkts

    BBI

    BBM

    Ave

    Econ

    SR

    4w

    5w

    10

    Tests

    54

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    First-class

    754

    993

    563

    14

    3/15

    40.21

    3.40

    70.9

    0

    0

    Espncricinfo.com  

    Sutcliffe became a Test selector and was an active member of the Yorkshire Committee following his retirement.

    Yorkshire CCC named the Sutcliffe gates at Headingley in honour of their Legendary opening batsman. He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia

     


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  • Gubby Allen Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 16, 2012 by Selby

     


    Bodyline Series – Gubby Allen took 21 wickets bowling a length against Jardines wishes. Cricket Memorabilia from the bodyline 1932/33 is always sought after by collectors.

    Sir George “Gubby”(1902 – 1989) Allen captained England on three occasions, a fast bowler, excellent in the field and he would hit the odd century in Test Cricket as a lower order batsman.

    Gubby took part in 265 matches scoring 9.232 runs (28.67) he bowled the opposition out on his own on nine occasions taking 131 catches. He scored 750 test runs and took 81 test wickets.

    He captained England against India, West Indies and Australia.

    Gubby played a big part in the welfare and development of English Cricket following the end of WW2 giving much of his time to the MCC as chairman of the selectors from 1955 – 1963, President of the MCC in 1964/64, Treasurer of the MCC 1964 – 1976.

    Gubby was born in Sydney in 1902 into a cricketing family (his uncle RC Allen played for Australia), moving at six years old to England, Gubby was educated at Eton College and Trinity Cambridge, he played cricket for Cambridge, Middlesex, MCC and England.

    As a collector of Cricket Memorabilia I find that the more memorable the event that the item is associated with the more collectable it becomes. Whilst I have number of Gubby Allen items, Autographs, signed photographs, signed completed scorecards, some tour memorabilia and a signed match used cricket bat events which I would like in my collection the following:

    England v New Zealand 1931 (8th wicket partner of 246) caught Lowry bowled Weir for 122 runs.

    England v Australia 1932/33 Bodyline series (21 wickets)

    Middlesex v Lancs at Lords 1929. (10/40)

     

    After his retirement he lived in an MCC house on the edge of Lords cricket ground which was administered by Lords grounds staff, fittingly his garden gate   led directly into the ground from where it was a short walk to the pavilion for which he held his own key.

    The famous Allen Stand at Lords which was formerly the oddly named Q stand, was named after Gubby in 1989

    He was awarded the CBE for his services to cricket 1974

    He was knighted in 1986

    Listed below are set of statistics supplied by

    Batting and fielding averages

    Mat

    Inns

    NO

    Runs

    HS

    Ave

    100

    50

    6s

    Ct

    St

    Tests

    25

    33

    2

    750

    122

    24.19

    1

    3

    2

    20

    0

    First-class

    265

    376

    54

    9233

    180

    28.67

    11

    47

    131

    0

    Bowling averages

    Mat

    Inns

    Balls

    Runs

    Wkts

    BBI

    BBM

    Ave

    Econ

    SR

    4w

    5w

    10

    Tests

    25

    45

    4386

    2379

    81

    7/80

    10/78

    29.37

    3.25

    54.1

    3

    5

    1

    First-class

    265

    36180

    17518

    788

    10/40

    22.23

    2.90

    45.9

    48

    9

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/8515.html 

    Good luck with your collecting.

    Let me know how you get on??

     

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia


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  • Jack Hobbs Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 15, 2012 by Selby

     


    Cricket Memorabilia is in high demand - Jack Hobbs scored  61.760 first class runs – Centuries 199 –That’s why he was named The Master.

    Jack Hobbs (1882 – 1963) was a prolific run maker, a right hand bat and medium pace bowler; he was regarded as the complete all round Cricketer.

    Hobbs hails from Cambridge UK, he followed his father in his love of Cricket, in 1901 he began playing in local competition matches as an amateur for Cambridgeshire. He was offered a trial with Surrey in 1903 where he began to make his mark playing with the Colts and Club and Ground sides, his batting and bowling merited a mention in the following years Cricketers Almanac.

    Hobbs made his debut for Surrey in 1905 and in First Class matches that season he scored 1317 (25.82) runs including a couple of centuries.

    During  1907 a second innings score of  150 not out at the Oval,  in a County  Championship match against Warwickshire, meant the MCC could ignore him no longer and he was selected for the forthcoming MCC v Australia tour making his Test debut on New Year’s  day at Melbourne averaging 43.14 in Tests and 41.71 in first class matches. These early averages were the benchmark for the future.

    Jack Hobbs cricket memorabilia is not especially rare as he was always popular and attentive to fans, however no collection is complete without a least some mementos, most prolific are autographs and signed photographs, signed bats are in demand whether signed individually or as part of the County/Test team, an authentic match used bat is hard to find but well worth the effort.

    Tour Memorabilia, at sea photographs, completed scorecards, team and action sepia press photographs, hand written letters and match programmes are all available in degrees of scarcity.

    The above covers the beginnings of Jack Hobbs cricket career and I have listed below brief statistics which demonstrate what he went on to achieve.

     

    Competition

    Test

    First-class

    Matches

    61 834

    Runs scored

    5,410 61,760

    Batting average

    56.94 50.70

    100s/50s

    15/28 199/273

    Top score

    211 316*

    Balls bowled

    376 5,217

    Wickets

    1 108

    Bowling average

    165.00 25.03

    5 wickets in innings

     – 3

    10 wickets in match

     – 0

    Best bowling

    1/19 7/56

    Catches/stumpings

    17/– 342/–

    Source: CricketArchive, 18 June 2010

     

    Jack Hobbs was elected Cricketer of the year in both 1909 and 1925.

    He was knighted for services to Cricket in 1953 the same year the honour was awarded to “Shrimp” Levson Gower.(Surrey, England).

    Jack Hobbs Cricket Memorabilia which is of particular interest to me is associated with memorable events; I have listed a selection of these below:

    Note: Combination autographed collectables of Jack Hobbs and fellow opener Herbert Sutcliffe are always in demand. The pair opening the batting making 15 century  partnerships in Test matches.

    Scarborough festival 1931

    England v Australia at Melbourne 1908

    England v Australia 2nd test at Melbourne 1911

    England v Australia 4th test at Melbourne 1912 (Rhodes scored 1 run more at 179)

    England v Australia 1920

    England v Australia 2nd test at Melbourne1924

    Somerset v Surrey 1925

    Surrey Middlesex 1926

    Tour of Australia 1928/29

    Players v Gentlemen at Lords 1932

    Surrey v West Indians at the Oval 1933

    There are many other excellent examples this is a cross section to seek and review

    Good luck with your collecting

    Let me know how you get on?

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia


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